Jan 24 2013 by Rob Pattinson, Ormskirk Advertiser
A PHOTOGRAPHER is hoping to help other budding snappers realise their dreams with the release of her first e-book.
Zoe Richards left her career in human resources with the NHS five years ago to become a full-time wedding photographer.
Now the 51-year-old is following in her parents’ footsteps – they were both published authors – by releasing an online book about the subject.
The former Ormskirk Grammar pupil, whose book went straight into the bestseller list in its category, said: “I feel I’ve won the lottery of life becoming a photographer. It’s opened my eyes to the fact it’s never too late. If I can help others take that step and be a success that would be great.”
Zoe’s e-book, 100 Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Sooner As A Photographer In Business” was released through Amazon five weeks ago.
She said: “It’s from my own experiences. When something happened to me I would kick myself and think ‘why didn’t I realise that?’ “Lots of photographers will give tips on taking pictures but not business tips. And while business books give a lot of advice, no one tells you how to get from being creative to being creative in business.”
The online book was inspired by a series of blog posts the mum-of-one had written, and she is now working on a full paperback book that she hopes to have published later this year.
And Zoe said: “My parents Joyce and Derek have always told me I should write a book and I’ve put it off.
“But I’ve really enjoyed this and hope I can help others avoid mistakes that I’ve made and help them make money out of photography.”